In recent news, a case of dengue fever in southern France has been reported, indicating the spread of the disease beyond its typical tropical and subtropical regions. Dengue fever is a viral illness transmitted by infected Aedes mosquitoes, causing symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, muscle and joint pain, and a rash. In some cases, it can progress to a severe form, known as dengue hemorrhagic fever, which can be fatal.
With the increasing travel and trade, as well as the effects of climate change, dengue fever is spreading to new areas. According to the World Health Organization, dengue is now endemic in more than 100 countries and estimates 390 million infections annually. This recent case serves as a reminder that infectious diseases can cross borders and infect even those in countries with advanced healthcare systems.
The prevention of mosquito-borne illnesses such as dengue fever involves measures such as mosquito control, early detection of cases, and public education campaigns. There is no specific treatment for dengue fever, but early detection and supportive care can help manage symptoms and prevent complications. As adventurers, it is essential to prioritize our health and safety by taking necessary precautions and empowering ourselves with expert medical knowledge.
Adventure Medicine is about empowering ourselves with expert medical knowledge to embark on new adventures with confidence, knowing that we are prepared for whatever challenges may come our way. Therefore, let us continue to explore the world and push our limits while keeping our health and well-being a top priority. With the right preparation and knowledge, the possibilities for safe and enjoyable adventures are endless!
Wilderness Medicine - first aid and medical management on trips and expeditions
This is Wilderness Medicine
Hikers, kayakers, skiers and mountaineers move in environments far from the comforts of everyday life. Clean water is in short supply and everything needed must be carried in your pack. And if something goes wrong, it takes a long time for help to arrive.
This book is about healthcare with limited resources in inaccessible places - what we call Wilderness Medicine. The book is aimed at all outdoorsy and adventurous people who want to get out into nature, whether it's on a day hike in the woods or a mountaineering expedition in Nepal. It can be used as a handbook with concrete tips but also as a textbook with theoretical explanations on how to reason in different situations.